I've been using Spotify for many years and to open my phone up and see that the widget that I've been using is just all the sudden missing is extremely disappointing. I use this all day long and don't have the option of just opening up the notifications setting as I keep my phone locked for security purposes. This new update has also disabled the music from just starting to play when I get into my car. Spending an extra 15 minutes when getting in the car to go to work thinking my brand new phone isn't working is not my idea of a good update. Please reconsider as all other music options have this feature and it would be enough to change to another service IMO.
Updated on 2019-08-15
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